Linux System Administrator

University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

ID: 7121515
Posted: January 18, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Linux System Administrator

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 48044



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The IRD for this job is: 02-07-2023


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The Linux Systems Administrator applies skills as a seasoned, experienced systems infrastructure professional to support the UCSC Library's overall infrastructure and systems to resolve a wide range of moderately complex issues. They will work closely with University Library staff to understand and meet their functional and technical computing needs for a stable and robust computing infrastructure. They will propose and implement system solutions based on user/client requirements, costs, and required integration with existing applications, infrastructure, systems, or platforms while keeping up with industry trends. Goals for the Systems Administrator and other key Library IT support staff team are generally communicated in solution or project terms.


Salary Information: Salary Range: $83,500 - $92,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

• Full-time, Fixed
• Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
• Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
• Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 007304 (SYS ADM 3)

Travel: Never or Rarely


50% - Systems Engineering & Administration

• Provides technical support to enable the realization, use, and retirement of engineered systems, including systems analysis and systems administration for the University Library's locally-hosted Linux and AWS cloud systems.
• Performs analysis to acquire, install, modify, and support operating systems, databases, utilities, and Internet / Intranet-related tools.
• Writes and maintains systems documentation for infrastructure.
• Develops, adopts, and implements maintenance, patch management, system standards, monitoring, backups, and practices.
• Performs Network-Attached Storage (NAS) storage administration. Proposes, documents, and implements standards for fault-tolerant host integration.
• Maintains and extends the functionality of database services and servers.
• Researches, identifies, and tests technology products required for solution delivery in collaboration with the Library ITS Team.
• Establishes, implements, and documents the technology integration or migration strategies.
• Follows industry trends and new technologies for systems architecture.
• Writes and executes complex scripts and may write software in support of systems management, log analysis, and other system administration duties for multiple integrated systems.

25% - Systems Architect

• Defines, designs, and implements computing solutions within the greater ITS organization with a primary focus on UCSC Library.
• Proposes and implements moderately complex system updates and rollouts. May perform moderately complex networking tasks and interoperability assessments for interconnected servers or components of clusters for communication.
• Manages systems and services that result in stable and robust computing infrastructures that support the current and expected computing needs of the UCSC Library infrastructure; including file and application servers (physical and virtual and cloud) and storage (DAS and SAN and cloud) that support: web content management services, web hosting services, digital media storage and retrieval systems, databases, firewalls, collaborative applications, integrated library systems, backup/restore systems, ticketing and monitoring systems, email, etc. This infrastructure also provides the foundation for Library-specific products and services.

15% - Consulting

• Develops relationships with University Library staff, acting as a consultant to understand, evaluate, and meet the needs of various computing-related projects.
• Collaborates with the ITS / Library Computing team to:

• Write and execute a standard set of infrastructure components for hardware, software, and processes.
• Design, plan, develop, implement, maintain, and document system architectures.
• Operate systems, application software, tools, data communications, and system monitoring, with an emphasis on efficiency, performance, and reliability.
• Conduct systems analysis, design techniques, programming, time estimation, cost estimates, and scheduling.

10% - System Administration Operations and Security

• Conducts prospective programming tasks.
• Assists with the development of long-range (3-5 year) and tactical (1-3 year) plans for Library IT infrastructure-related components.
• Collaborates and develops relationships with UCSC Library and UCSC ITS colleagues toward continuous improvements in furthering the University Library's mission.
• May lead a team of systems / infrastructure professionals in collaboration with core ITS teams.
• Performs complex security control activities to prevent unauthorized access to networked resources. May assist with maintenance of security systems for network equipment and provide recommendations on network access controls.


• Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs.
• Knowledge of the design, development, and application of technology and systems to meet business needs.
• General knowledge of other areas of IT. Thorough understanding of and experience with systems-related issues and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance.
• Advanced knowledge of computer security best practices and policies including demonstrated experience securing most complex server-based software.
• Current knowledge of, and recent experience in the application of problem isolation and diagnostic techniques in software, network, and computing hardware malfunctions.
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of: supporting, maintaining and troubleshooting Linux operating systems LAMP environments Strong familiarity of VMware hypervisor technologies Experience deploying Linux/UNIX servers as VMware guests AWS platform Cloud security Cloud migration and deployment in multi-cloud environments
• Demonstrated experience writing and editing complex scripts used to perform system maintenance and administration.
• Demonstrated experience with backup technologies and fundamental data retention concepts.
• Experience evaluating new technologies including performing simple to moderate cost/benefit analysis.
• Familiarity with accessible technology principles and practices.
• Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated strong written communication skills.
• Demonstrated strong verbal communication skills.
• Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner.


• Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.


• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
• Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
• Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
• Ability to respond to emergencies after hours as necessary.
• Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
• The University of California has implemented a covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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